Strong Quake Jolts Hormozgan

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted an area in Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan on Monday, but there are no reports of casualties or damage, a provincial official said.
The temblor hit an area near the city of Rouydar in Khamir County, Hormozgan Province, at 1:34 a.m. (local time) on Monday, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The epicenter of the quake, with a depth of 16 km, was located 30 km from Rouydar and 38 km from Bandar Khamir.
The head of Hormozgan Crisis Management Department said several teams were immediately dispatched to the quake-hit area to assess the damage and casualties.
He added that, fortunately, there were no casualties and houses in the area suffered minor damage.  
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, as 90% of the country are crossed by several major fault lines. As a result, destructive earthquakes are a common occurrence.
On Nov. 12, 2017, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that killed 620 people.
The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990. It destroyed the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.
Bam in the country’s southeastern province of Kerman witnessed a strong quake in December 2003, which killed 31,000 people.

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